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2015 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Derron Smith, FS, Fresno State

Since we have been talking so much about safety, let's profile a draft prospect at that spot.

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

One of the few big needs that the New York Giants have going into the draft will be safety. Even with what they have right now, it's still worth a look at a free safety with the ability to cover. Although this draft is pretty light on great safeties, there are still a few with some upside. Derron Smith is one such player, so let's look at him in more detail.


- Instinctive and smart, will fly to the ball

- Does a good job of tracking the ball in flight

- Fantastic range and has great coverage ability

- Aggressive play-maker with huge production

- Fiery competitor


- Small build with tiny sub-30-inch arms

- Won't hold up in man-to-man coverage against larger TEs

- Is not a good tackler. Not Gerod Holliman bad, but goes for highlight reel tackles instead of wrapping up.

Does He Fit With The Giants?

Yes. The Giants are a transformed team when they have a competent single high safety. The Giants do have some personnel that can try and play Cover 1 but it's important to have depth and upside and that's what Smith would bring. He's not perfect, but the range he brings is outstanding.

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Prospect Video

Big Board Rankings

Big Blue View - 72

Mocking The Draft - Not in top 100

CBS Sports - 75

Draft Tek - 125

Final Thoughts

Smith is NOT a complete player. He has a lot of work to do in terms of run defense and needs to work on his tackling. However, in a league that is desperate for a player with the ability to play single high well and protect a team that wants to go Cover 1, Smith's stock will be pushed up. I've got him as a solid third- to fourth-round caliber player but it's very easy to envision him going in Round 2 because of the position he plays.